Politics

Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are pushing to increase access to abortion for members of the military, concerned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could end the constitutional right will harm troops.  The U.S. House’s annual funding bill for the Defense Department would require the Pentagon to provide leave to troops and civilian employees seeking […]

Health insurers not following Oregon law requiring free reproductive health care, state audit says

BY: - June 22, 2022

Oregon’s governor, lawmakers and state agency officials have often touted the state’s reproductive rights law as one of the most comprehensive and equitable in the country. But there’s a problem: Many insurers providing coverage to more than 1 million Oregonians are not following the regulations. That is one of the findings of an audit ordered […]

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to […]

Keizer-area Senate nominee’s sudden step down raises eyebrows

BY: - June 21, 2022

A state representative who couldn’t win her primary for Congress could get a second chance at elected office in a move unsettling Oregon Democratic party politics.  Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, who has represented Woodburn since 2017, came in seventh in a crowded Democratic primary for Oregon’s new 6th Congressional District last month. Her friend and […]

Georgia, Arizona GOP officials to testify before Jan. 6 panel

BY: - June 20, 2022

The fourth Jan. 6 hearing on Tuesday will focus on pressure put by President Donald Trump and his allies on state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The U.S. House hearing will include live testimony from Republican officials in those states, committee aides said Monday. It begins at […]

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Reforming Portland city government is now an all-or-nothing gamble

BY: - June 17, 2022

“I am large, I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman, Song of Myself Portland’s Charter Commission finalized its expansive reform effort this week with an epic-length ballot measure that contains multitudes. How it plays with Portlanders is now the question. In a single measure, Portland voters in November will be asked to diminish the role of […]

Five Oregon men awaiting trials for involvement in Jan. 6 attack at US Capitol

BY: - June 16, 2022

Five Oregon men face charges for their role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol as public hearings by the congressional committee investigating the attack continue.  Four of the Oregon residents facing charges were inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6. One’s a self-identified member of the Proud Boys, a right-wing militia group. […]

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‘Blue dog’ days may be over in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District

BY: - June 16, 2022

The Blue Dog Democrats in Congress for years have attached themselves to a piece of hard political logic: If you run toward the center, instead of toward the left, you’ll pick up more votes in districts considered competitive between Republicans and Democrats. That idea, accepted and rejected with equal fervor in various parts of American […]

Oregon’s prison director a finalist to lead federal prison system

BY: - June 15, 2022

SALEM – Colette Peters, director of Oregon’s prison system, is poised to become the next director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. She has been director of the Oregon Department of Corrections since 2012, overseeing 4,400 employees and 12,124 adults in custody. Peters confirmed in an interview with the Capital Chronicle that she is a […]

Three Oregon candidates will get more money, aid from national Democratic group

BY: - June 14, 2022

Three Democratic women running for Congress in Oregon will get fundraising and organizational help from a national campaign committee that supports Democratic Congress members. Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, state Rep. Andrea Salinas and Central Oregon emergency response coordinator Jamie McLeod-Skinner are among 25 candidates named to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” list.  […]

Oregon records dispute plays out against backdrop of election fraud ‘big lie’

BY: - June 14, 2022

A lawsuit over which election records are public is headed to trial later this month as some Oregonians continue searching for ways to discredit the 2020 election. Washington County’s lawsuit against Tim Sippel is, at heart, a dispute over public records. Sippel wants a file tied to the county’s test of election software done before […]

Trump spread claims of election fraud debunked by his own legal team, Jan. 6 panel says

BY: - June 14, 2022

Former President Donald Trump planted the seeds for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by continually promoting theories that he lost the 2020 election through fraud, even though top advisers and officials told him there was no evidence to support the claim, according to testimony a U.S. House committee presented Monday. In its […]